Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Your third molars, better known as the wisdom teeth, are the last of your teeth to develop. They often erupt in your late teens to early 20s, which is how they received their name. For some people, the wisdom teeth erupt just like any other adult tooth. There is minor discomfort as they emerge, and that discomfort disappears once the teeth are fully through. For countless others, however, the wisdom teeth become impacted, which can cause a significant amount of pain and other issues. At Plymouth Ann Arbor Oral & Facial Surgery, we can alleviate the pain associated with wisdom teeth and restore your oral health. To achieve this, we provide wisdom tooth extractions.
Issues Caused by Impacted Wisdom Teeth
The wisdom teeth are the most common teeth to become impacted. An impacted tooth is one that does not emerge completely, or at all, through the gum tissue. Bone may block it, it may be growing sideways, or there simply may not be enough space in the jaw to accommodate these four additional teeth. Whatever the reason your wisdom teeth become impacted, they can cause some serious issues.
Symptoms of Impacted Wisdom Teeth
There are several symptoms that accompany impacted wisdom teeth. If you notice any of these, it is important to seek treatment immediately.
Diagnosing Impacted Wisdom Teeth
If you suspect that you have impacted wisdom teeth, we will perform a thorough oral evaluation to formally diagnose the issue. Your exam consists of a visual inspection of your mouth as well as digital x-rays. With x-rays, we can see under your gums, checking the condition of your wisdom teeth, the adjacent teeth, and the jawbone. We can also diagnose any cysts or damage that might have been caused. With a diagnosis of impacted wisdom teeth, we can then move forward with an extraction.
Alleviating Pain With Tooth Extraction
There are two types of extractions used to remove teeth. The first is a simple extraction, which involves gripping the tooth and moving it gently to widen the socket. When the socket is wide enough, the tooth is lifted free. With impacted wisdom teeth, a surgical extraction is often used. This type of extraction is done under local anesthetic and sedation. We make incisions in the gums to expose the impacted wisdom teeth, their roots, and the surrounding bone. Anything that is blocking the teeth, such as bone, is removed. We then remove the tooth. In some cases, we need to break the tooth to fully remove it while causing minimal trauma to the jawbone. Once the teeth have been removed, the gums are sutured closed. There is no need to replace wisdom teeth.
By extracting your impacted wisdom teeth, we can eliminate the associated pain, restore your oral health, and improve your quality of life. If you suspect that your wisdom teeth might be impacted, call Plymouth Ann Arbor Oral & Facial Surgery today at (734) 455-0710.